Mercey Brothers

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Mercey Brothers
Origin Hanover, Ontario, Canada
Genres Country
Years active 19571989
Labels Columbia
Harmony
RCA
MBS
Website www.merceybrothers.com
Members Larry Mercey
Ray Mercey
Lloyd Mercey

The Mercey Brothers was a Canadian country music group active from 1957 to 1989.

Before they were famous[edit]

The Mercey family grew up to music in their household at an early age. Brothers Larry and Ray, formed a country musical group in 1957. Their brother Lloyd joined the group in 1966. Natives of Hanover (which is south of Owen Sound), Ontario, they eventually went on to become (7) seven-time Juno Award winners for "The Top Country Group" and were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989.

Larry Mercey, the eldest of three, was born on December 12, 1939. Larry became the lead singer and guitarist for the band. Ray Mercey was born on November 21, 1940 and he became a singer and bass guitarist for the band. Lloyd Mercey, the youngest Mercey brother, was born on December 12, 1945 to be a backup singer and drummer for the band.

The beginning[edit]

Larry Mercey sang on the radio station CKNX Barn Dance in 1956, in the neighborhood town of Wingham, Ontario. In 1957, Larry and Ray began to seriously pursue a possible career in music, calling themselves The Mercey Brothers. Inspired by the Everly Brothers, a harmony duo popular in the United States at the time, they patterned their music and their image to resemble them.

Larry and Ray placed second in CBC Television’s Talent Caravan in 1960, and later went on to sign with Chateau Records in 1961. They made their first chart appearance with "Just the Snap of Your Fingers" that same year.

Their career[edit]

Lloyd Mercey joined the group in 1966 when he was twenty years old, and together they called themselves The Mercey Brothers. After signing with Columbia Records, they released four RPM chart-topping singles, including "Whistling on the River". In 1968, they released the singles "Uncle Tom", "What’s a Guy to Do?", and "The Great Snowman" under their self-titled album The Mercey Brothers.

Singles such as "Who Drinks My Beer When I’m Gone" and "Ordinary Peeping Tom" came out under albums titled My Song For You (Columbia) and The Mercey Brothers (Harmony) in 1969.

The Mercey Brothers signed with RCA Records in 1970 and had a string of singles hitting the airwaves. At the 1970 Juno Awards, their Canadian peers, winning “Best Country Group or Duo”, honoured them. They went on to win this award for the next four years in a row (1970–1974), and again in 1976.

In 1971, The Mercey Brothers toured England for the first time and made an appearance on BBC television. Their hit singles on the RCA album Have Mercey, were "Hello Mom" and "Who Wrote the Words".

Ray Mercey left the band in 1980 to spend more time with his family. To fill in for Ray’s absence, they brought in bass player Gord Ogilvie and lead guitar Darrell Scott. Over the next few years, artists like Dann Peer, Gord Heins, John Dymond, and Eric Mahar filled in for the band. It wasn’t until 1989 that the Mercey Brothers decided to quit the music industry, and were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame that same year.

Mercey Brothers sound[edit]

In 1973, The Mercey Brothers opened their own recording studio called Mercey Brothers Recording Studio. That gave them more control over their music and general sound of the band. Their studio was in Elmira, Ontario between 1973 and 1980. They also started their own Record Label, MBS (Mercey Brothers Sound) during this period. MBS signed on names such as Terry Carisse, Marie Bottrell and Joan Kennedy.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions
CAN Country CAN
1968 Mercey Brothers
1969 My Song for You
1970 Mercey Brothers
Naturally
1971 Have Mercey 68
1972 Mercey Brothers Country
1973 Mercey Brothers
1975 Did You Hear My Song
Best of the Mercey Brothers
1976 Homemade
Mercey Brothers Radio Show
1977 Comin' on Stronger 4
1980 Command Performance
1982 Mercey Brothers
1984 Latest and Greatest Volume 1 26
1985 Love Is the Reason
1988 Latest and Greatest Volume 2
1990 30 Greatest: Their Hits and More

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
CAN Country CAN AC CAN
1966 "Whistling on the River" 1 The Mercey Brothers (1968)
1967 "Uncle Tom" 1
1968 "Absent Minded Me" 27
1969 "Who Drinks My Beer When I'm Gone" 1 My Song for You
"Ordinary Peeping Tom" 3
1970 "My Song for You" 2
"Goodbye" 75
"Pickin' Up the Pieces" 4
"Old Bill Jones" 1 18 The Mercey Brothers (1970)
1971 "Knocking Down the Hard Times" 36 26
"Hello Mom" 1 1 36 Have Mercey
"Who Wrote the Words" 1 1
"The Day of Love" 35 20 Non-album song
1972 "Kentucky Turn Your Back" 3 3 Mercey Brothers Country
"The Day of Love" (re-release) 41 33 Non-album song
1973 "It's So Easy to Please Me" 4 Mercey Brothers Country
"Meant to Be with Me" 19 39 The Mercey Brothers (1973)
"Our Loving Times" 6
1974 "I Heard Bells" 21
"California Lady" 25 95 Did You Hear My Song
1975 "Did You Hear My Song" 9
1976 "Lovin' You from a Distance" 12 19 Homemade
"Old Loves Never Die" 20 41
"If I Believed in Myself" 18 23
1977 "Jamie" 20
"You Know It Felt Good" 23
1978 "Home Along the Highway" 31 Comin' on Stronger
"Comin' on Stronger" 10
1979 "Stranger" 9
"Hell Bent for Mexico" 13 Command Performance
"I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head" 15
1980 "Your Eyes Don't Lie to Me" 27
"Makin' the Night the Best Part of My Day" 48
1981 "Sweet Harmony" 20 22
"The Same Eyes That Always Drove Me Crazy" 24 The Mercey Brothers (1982)
1982 "Maybe It's Love This Time" 8
"I've Already Left You (In My Mind)" 12
1983 "The Day That You Walked In" 29
"Anytime Down" 32
1984 "Leader of the Band" 9 21 Latest and Greatest Volume 1
"Love at Last Sight" 8 Love Is the Reason
1985 "You Lifted Me High Enough" 10
"Love Is the Reason" 7 13
1986 "Take a Little Chance on Love" 6
"Pretty Diamond Ring" 8
1987 "Heroes" 9
"Raised by the Radio" 8 Latest and Greatest Volume 2
1988 "Straight to Your Heart" 14

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